I have two homes on a somewhat remote island in the middle of a lake. There is no hardwired internet connections to the island, no cable, no DSL. Also, wireless (cellular) connections are spotty at best... getting cell signal requires your old fashioned walking around the yard, standing on one leg, tapping your head, and rubbing your belly, to get it to work... so this isn't really an option either. This has left us stuck pretty much with satelite... which is expensive.
We have satelite service to one home, the other home is a vacation rental and we would like to share our internet connection with the rental unit. The rental unit is about 150 feet from our other home. There is no realistic way to get a hardwired connection between the two houses. I have our wireless router up on the second floor by a window, and if I stand in the second floor of the rental by a window, I can just barely pick up service. The rest of the house, no dice.
I have been reading about putting in a wireless repeater in the rental on the second floor.. but I'm not 100% certain that going out and simply buying one will be the solution. Or is it? Do all repeaters generally work the same? Is this something as simple as plug and play?
Any advice would be appreciated.... I'd like to have as much information under my belt as possible as getting to a computer store to return / exchange equipment is a 4 hour round trip. I'd like to just get what I need and be done with it... without having to play around.
Oh, and to add this too it. I am a computer programmer by trade, so I do have some knowledge and know how... but networking is not my thing.